Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Landen Lucas, Jamari Traylor sit as precaution

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) fights for a loose ball with Harvard guard Patrick Steeves (10) under the bucket during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) fights for a loose ball with Harvard guard Patrick Steeves (10) under the bucket during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University big men Landen Lucas (sprained big toe) and Jamari Traylor (ankle sprain) missed Wednesday’s game against Holy Cross for precautionary reasons.

“They got the shaft tonight in some respects because they could have played. I didn’t see any reason to do it,” KU coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks’ 92-59 win. “You play five minutes each and turn an ankle or do something like that. We need everybody full strength.

“We also wanted to use  ... Hunter (Mickelson) hadn’t had a chance to play and Cheick (Diallo) hadn’t had a chance to play substantial minutes. I wanted to see them in substantial minutes, which is hard to do when you are rotating two more guys in there. They (Lucas, Traylor) have both played very well so far this year. They are nicked up.”

Mickelson made his first start at KU. He had two rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists in 15 minutes.

Diallo had 12 points off 4-of-7 shooting (4-4 from line) with four rebounds, one block and four turnovers in 18 minutes.

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“I thought he (Mickelson) was fine. The way they played the first half there were not a lot of inside touches,” Self said.

“They packed it in and switched everything in their little matchup. We shot a lot of threes (hitting 12 of 20). He didn’t get a lot of touches for shots (0-for-1). He got a lot of deflections, blocked a couple shots. It was a game not anybody looked really good or in great rhythm. The way they (Crusaders) play they don’t allow you to get in great rhythm.”

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By the Numbers: Kansas 92, Holy Cross 59

By the Numbers: Kansas 92, Holy Cross 59


Scott Smetana 6 years, 6 months ago

Tough game to judge the bigs. Looks like we'll have to wait until January to find out who can defend and score against size. I'm putting my money on Mickelson, Bragg, Diallo, then Lucas. To me, Perry and Jamari are not bigs. Just my opinion.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 6 months ago

Why sign OAD's if they aren't going to play? Aren't you taking a short-term payoff and making it even shorter? There's only 30 games in the season.

If they aren't good enough to essentially start from Game 1, why are they being given scholarships? There are plenty of good players who can come in, bide their time and develop.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 6 months ago

Very astute observations, Scott. Hope you become a regular poster.

Also, have to agree with Brett on the OAD's. You need to find out pretty early on if they are going to help you in their first season, because that is likely all you are going to get.

Being a OAD doesn't mean that the player is really ready for the big time, but it almost always comes down to potential. No question, Diallo would benefit from an additional year in college, but if he is projected as a lottery pick, then expecting him or any other player to turn down the money isn't realistic.

Joel Embiid was a perfect example. He was described as a "project" when he came to KU, but by the early part of the conference season, some were predicting him as #1 in the draft. Who knows, had he not gotten injured, perhaps he would have been. Nevertheless, once he became a solid top 5 pick, it was a given that he would be a OAD. I guess being on the bench as an understudy is preferable to playing in college. It's called, "Show me the money."

Mike Trinastich 6 years, 6 months ago

Traylor and Lucas do NOT deserve to start for one of the top 3 programs in the WORLD. To give Traylor more than 20 minutes, which Self has done many times is absurd. He has NO SHOT and neither does Lucas....When they are both on the court it's like playing 3 on 5. Self says he still doesn't have a starting lineup are you kidding me. This man gets MILLIONS, and he admits he doesn't know who he's going to start. Well how about for starters, TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT, Ellis, Mason, Graham, Seldon and BRAGG!.....AND PLEASE leave Green alone and let him and Siv PLAY!

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